You’ve no doubt been aware that murder has dominated the headlines lately here in Indy. Although, I spend a lot of my time covering politics, when it comes to local matters, crime can be a major political issue. So I thought I’d take a look at where we stand for the first couple months of 2014.
So far, as of February 22, the last date for criminal homicides, we were at 26; a sharp increase over the 20 last year at this time. However, when you break down the victims and perpetrators, it’s the same old story.
Most of the victims and suspects had criminal records. By my last count, 19 of the 26 victims had prior records; involving gun crimes, drugs or felony assaults. The suspects were pretty much in the same boat, with that number floating between 75 and 90 percent depending on the date you use.
Somewhere in a box I have a GAP store credit card. I haven't used it in years. However, I just might have to go look for it. You see the GAP has raised the minimum wage for its employees to $10 an hour.
I know what you are thinking, "Abdul, you are not a fan of increasing the minimum wage." No, I am not a fan of government mandated increases in the minimum wage. What the GAP did is what I believe in, private sector employers making the decision to increase the wages of their employees.
It's one thing to increase the minimum wage in a booming economy, but in an economy like ours, such mandates are just asking for trouble.
We have already seen the Congressional Budget Office report that has said raising the minimum wage would cost 500,000 jobs and hurt the very people that progressives allegedly are ...